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World Heritage Sites you probably didn’t know of

Of a total of 1031 sites listed by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), many of the countries they are in are not common knowledge.


Suriname is a small country on the northeastern coast of South America, and with a population of just above 530,000. Its two World Heritage Sites are the central Suriname Nature Reserve, which comprises of 1.6 million hectares of primary tropical forest, and its characteristic historic inner city of Paramaribo.




The central Asian country is well-known for its diverse cultural heritage, ancient architecture and cities. Its four heritage sites, namely Itchan Kala inner town, the Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz, and the historic town of Samarkand, are monuments of the most beautiful architectural style and melting pots of culture.




The West African country is home to to the Batammariba and their mud towers. Nature for the Togolese is strongly associated with rituals and societal beliefs. The mud towers, also known as Takienta, are two stories high and are grouped in villages.




The small island nation in the Pacific Ocean of just over 810 square kilometres, and comprises 33 coral atolls stretching along the equator. Kiribati’s Phoenix Island Protected Area (PIPA) is the largest designated Marine Protected Area in the world. According to UNESCO, PIPA conserves one of the world’s largest oceanic coral archipelago ecosystems.




The land of Andorra is located in the eastern Pyrenees Mountains, and is also bordered by Spain and France. Andorra’s Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley covers an area of 4,247 hectares, with open pastures, cliffs, glaciers and evidence of early iron smelting.


Sources: UNESCO, Instagram.

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